Several particular offenses are labeled as theft. The term theft refers to the act of intentionally depriving someone of their personal property without the intention of returning. The courts are always packed with theft cases, as they are some of the most common courtroom appearances.

Theft charges are classified as crimes of moral turpitude. This means that the charged person suffers unfavorable judgment. Having such a record could affect your chances of being employed and your overall life success in the future.

Types of Theft Crimes

In Texas, the following crimes are categorized under theft crimes:

  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Shoplifting
  • Identity theft
  • Employee theft
  • Grand theft
  • Misdemeanor theft
  • Larceny
  • Embezzlement
  • Credit card abuse
  • Felony theft

All these types of theft can be broken down and categorized into two categories.

Man in a black hoodie pickpocketing a woman's wallet out of her coat pocket as he walks past.

Categories of Theft

Petty Theft – This is theft of something that is of low value. In most states, petty theft includes up to $500 worth of property. The penalty for such a charge may be minimal.

Grand Theft – This type of case occurs when someone steals the property of significant value. The value has to be above the statutory limit for petty theft in the said state.

Penalties for Theft

The intensity of the crime depends on the value of the loss that may have been caused. Some theft cases can result in up to 99 years of imprisonment. The penalties for theft differ depending on the jurisdiction (the geographical region of authority that is to enforce justice), the value of the property that has been stolen, and other facts surrounding the incident.

Some of the standard penalties for theft cases include:

  • Fines
  • Restitution
  • Imprisonment or incarceration
  • probation

Every individual facing any form of charges has the right to representation. Hiring the right attorney will determine your success in the process. At Smith and Lee, Lawyers, we offer top-notch representation for theft cases. Contact Us Today!

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